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Sustainable Waste Mangement Specialist

Woodland Park Zoo
High School

Although this job is based in Seattle, the employer is open to discussing potential relocation packages for out-of-town candidates who are offered the job. To apply for this job, it is necessary to fulfill the requirement of having a minimum qualification of High School. The employer's non-disclosure of salary means that you can negotiate your salary based on your potential and future performance. Woodland Park Zoo offers full time positions for individuals with strong interpersonal skills. The job vacancy of Sustainable Waste Mangement Specialist was announced on March 21, 2024, and it will be unavailable after April 18, 2024. The work is to be done at Seattle , WA , Seattle , WA.

Woodland Park Zoo

Woodland Park Zoo

Sustainable Waste Mangement Specialist

SALARY & FLSA: $31.01 per hour; FLSA non-exempt
Regular, Full-time

This position coordinates sustainable waste management across the zoo, including operations of the Zoo Doo program. Organizes and monitors the composting of animal waste to produce compost. Advances the zoo’s efforts towards meeting zero waste goals. Acts as the zoo’s compost and recycling expert and coordinates the zoo’s recycling program. Supports the Resource Conservation & Sustainability Manager in managing utility data, promoting and implementing the zoo’s Sustainability Plan.

More than 1.3 million people visit Woodland Park Zoo each year. We connect people with wildlife and remind them of what’s at stake in our changing world. Our job is to motivate people to take action and provide them with the tools needed to join us in saving endangered species. Working for the zoo means upholding our mission, “To save wildlife and inspire everyone to make conservation a priority in their lives.” Apply today and show us how you zoo.

As our new Sustainable Waste Management Specialist, we know you will be successful in this role because you are:

  • Skilled Public Speaker: You are able to confidently represent the zoo when dealing with the public.
  • Recycling and Composting Whiz: You are well versed in large-scale recycling and composting techniques and biological processes.
  • Coordinator: You have experience and excel in public contact work and or program coordination.
  • Enjoy Variety in Your Day: You enjoy working both independently and as part of a team and is open to working some weekends, evenings and/or holidays


  • Maintains Zoo Doo administrative records and permitting. Conducts regular testing of compost and results analysis to ensure compliance of process and product with City, County, and State regulations.
  • Monitors all stages of compost preparations. Determines proper mixture of feedstock to produce compost. Directs equipment operators to transport and turn compost piles. Monitors temperature and moisture levels.
  • Coordinates and participates in the day-to-day work assignments for laborers involved in ongoing sustainable waste management projects.
  • Leads others and performs activities including compost drying, screening, packaging, and delivery to vendors as needed.
  • Oversees compost readiness and sales, including responding to inquiries from the public, zoo partners, and press. Organizes the bi-annual Fecal-Fest, coordinating collection and loading of compost.
  • Collects, maintains, and analyses revenue and donations information related to Zoo Doo.
  • Tracks and reports out on waste diversion from landfill at the zoo, including recycling and composting. Maintains waste records and assists with the preparation of reports as required.
  • Acts as the zoo’s recycling and compost expert, and in-house resource for waste diversion inquires.
  • Organizes, schedules, monitors, and participates in the pickup and collection of recyclable materials by zoo staff and contracted vendors.
  • Coordinates with events staff, food service staff, and on-site vendors to make events more sustainable including reviewing food packaging and striving for ‘zero waste’ events.
  • Trains and coordinates volunteers and participates in collecting and processing organic and recycling waste from zoo events and concerts.
  • Works with zoo departments to develop public education programs and educational materials. Plans, prepares, and conducts presentations for the public and staff, as directed.
  • Researches, analyzes, and develops methods to improve and promote waste diversion zoo-wide. Remains current with relevant technological advancements as it relates to the field.
  • Supports implementing the zoo’s Sustainability Plan and waste management related program activities.


  • Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree (B.S. or B.A.) from an accredited college or university in related field, four (4) or more years’ experience running a recycling and/or composting program and training in biological processes, recycling, and composting techniques.
  • Compost Facility Operator Training Certificate (either through WORC or USCC) or ability to obtain certificate within one year of hire.
  • Successful applicants must live and work in Washington State to perform this role.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old and have a valid WA driver's license with a safe driving history.


The Woodland Park Zoo offers a comprehensive benefits package for full time staff including:

  • Medical, dental, and vision HMO and PPO plans for you and eligible dependents
  • 11 paid holidays and 2 personal holidays 
  • Accrue 12 vacation days and another 12 days of sick your first year
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA) 
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) 
  • Tuition reimbursement 
  • Free zoo membership that includes zoo admission and discounts after 90 days 
  • 4 complimentary tickets per year plus other discounts and perks  
  • Free staff parking 
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan 

Application: Please include a resume with your application through our Zoo Careers site at Please be sure to list or upload copies of all relevant training and certifications on your application. The zoo may review existing application pools to fill this position or use this pool to fill future vacancies. 

This opportunity is open to all candidates that meet the qualifications. Woodland Park Zoo values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The zoo encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, 2SLGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experiences. Woodland Park Zoo is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in all its services. If you need accommodation in the application or interview process, please contact our recruiting team at

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Screening: We will review applications and select some candidates for screening calls. Final candidates will be invited for virtual or in-person interviews.

Offer: Job offers are contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by the employment process including the completion of a background check. In addition, this role requires the applicant to successfully complete a: driving record review, pre-employment physical, and pre-employment tuberculosis test.


$31.01 per hour

How to Apply

Woodland Park Zoo
Seattle, WA 98103
Fax: Woodland Park Zoo

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